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A '''bumblebee''', also written '''bumble bee''', is a member of the bee genus '''''Bombus''''', in the family Apidae. The brood parasite|brood parasitic or cuckoo bumblebees have sometimes been classified as a subgenus or genus, ''Psithyrus'', but are now usually treated as members of ''Bombus''. This genus is the only Extant taxon|extant group in the tribe Bombini, though a few extinct related genera (e.g., ''Calyptapis'') are known from fossils. Over 250 species of bumblebee are known. They are found primarily in higher altitudes or latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, although they are also found in South America where a few lowland tropical species have been identified. European bumblebees have also been introduced to New Zealand and Tasmania. Bumblebees are eusociality|social insects which form colony (biology)|colonies with a single queen. Colonies...
Image captionBuff-tailed bumblebee (''Bombus terrestris'')
Fossil range{{fossil_range|Eocene|Present}}
AuthorityPierre André Latreille|Latreille, 1802
Diversity> 250 species and subspecies
Diversity linkList of world bumblebee species
Range mapBombus distribution.jpg
Range map captionNatural distribution shown in red.
Introductions to New Zealand, spread to Tasmania not shown
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